Dentures & Specialty Dentures Yonkers New York
Your teeth, though meant to last a lifetime, take so much wear and tear as you use them daily and expose them to bacteria, infection, stains and erosion. Tooth loss is a common problem for many adults in the United States, and dentures are popular solutions.
The advancements in dentistry continue to evolve and offer unmatched solutions for patients in Yonkers and Westchester County, NY. Dentures are appliances made mostly of acrylic that replace several missing teeth in a row. Some are fixed; some are removable; and some are anchored in place with dental implants. Really, there are so many options, and in working with Dr. Morrow, you can find the exact solution to fit your unique needs.
What Causes Tooth Loss in Adults?
Most people who take good care of their teeth do not expect to ever need dentures. Though it is true, good oral hygiene and preventative care are meant to preserve your natural teeth, there are no guarantees. Even if you brush and floss every day, your teeth can fall out for any number of reasons, including:
- Periodontal infection
- Dental diseases
- Poor hygiene habits
- Bad dietary choices
But even if some of your teeth do fall out, Dr. Morrow can help restore your smile with dentures and specialty dentures. The materials and appliances are so versatile, you are sure to find the best way to replace your missing teeth.
Types of Dentures
The science and art of dental technology, and the versatile materials, means there is more than one way to replace several missing teeth. Some dentures options you can choose are:
- Complete dentures. These are the standard of care when replacing a full set of top or bottom teeth. They are what most people picture when they think of dentures but are just the beginning in dental prosthetics.
- Immediate dentures. These false teeth are also called temporary dentures and are a set of teeth patients can use while they wait for the completion of their permanent set of teeth.
- Overdentures. Also called transitional dentures, these appliances are removable and fit over a few remaining natural teeth. This type of denture has hopes for remaining teeth to poke through and stabilize the appliance. However, because the jawbone begins to deteriorate with tooth loss, eventually most patients transition to a full set of dentures down the road.
- Bridges. Few people know a bridge is also called a partial denture. This is because the appliance replaces several missing teeth in a specific area of the mouth. It can be permanent, removable or anchored by dental implants just like other sets of dentures.
- Hybrid dentures. This solution takes the best of both dental implants and dentures to replace missing teeth. A surgeon places titanium posts directly in the jawbone and once the artificial roots heal, the dentist can fix a denture on top of the implants for more stability and a longer lasting solution.
What is the Dentures Procedure?
When you choose to get dentures you can expect a series of evaluations to ensure the proper treatment and fit for your unique situation. As such, the number of appointments can vary, but the general idea is much the same. Dr. Morrow will perform an exam, take X-rays and a set of impressions. In some cases, he will remove any damaged teeth or tissue which could interfere with denture retention. Then he sends the information for your prosthetic to an off-site dental lab where technicians fabricate the appliance. During the next set of appointments Dr. Morrow uses a set of wax try-ins to decide the size and shape of your permanent dentures. Once he outlines the specifics, he sends those details to the lab and they can create your perfect fitting restoration. During the final appointment, Dr. Morrow sizes your finalized dentures and makes any necessary adjustments. You leave our offices with a new, full smile you can enjoy.
How Do I Take Care of My Dentures?
To avoid problems with your dentures, just like any other set of teeth, you need to clean and care for them on a daily basis. In addition to brushing and cleaning, you should also soak removable dentures in a special solution to keep them from drying. You also need to visit Dr. Morrow on a regular basis for any adjustments to keep them in the right position.
Choosing Dr. Morrow for Dentures and Specialty Dentures
Deciding to get a set of false teeth is not an easy decision, but when you choose Dr. Morrow, you can expect to get all the facts to help you feel more confident in your choice. He will address your questions and concerns on a case-by-case basis. You need to be sure you get treatment from a dentist you can trust, and there is no one better.
Contact our dental office in Yonkers, New York at (914) 476-4040 to set up your consultation for dentures. We are ready to discuss your treatments option and help you get your smile back.